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Melissa Bard

Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
The California State University​

Melissa Bard

Melissa Bard is the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources at the California State University system, the largest university system in the country. As vice chancellor, Melissa provides strategic leadership for the CSU’s comprehensive human resources department and oversees academic human resources, benefits, campus relations and dispute resolution, collective bargaining, compensation, data research and analysis, policy development, and professional and leadership development.

Melissa joins the CSU from East Carolina University where she served as associate vice chancellor and chief human resources officer from 2014-2017. Melissa’s other higher education experience include human resource leadership roles at Penn State University and Frederick Community College, as well as, system-level experience having served as the Director of Human Resources for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. From 2004-2016, Melissa also served as an adjunct member of the faculty at the universities for which she has held administrative positions.

Her other professional experience includes executive positions in the private sector for companies including Citigroup.

​Melissa earned a bachelor of science in Human Resources Management and a master’s of science in Human Resources Management, both from the University of Maryland University College. ​​